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West Lothian villages want controversial Spaces for People measures to stay

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Community councillors want some of the controversial Spaces for People (SfP) traffic calming measures to stay in West Lothian.The scheme launched by the Scottish Government at the height of the pandemic lockdown caused fury among many with the introduction of seemingly arbitrary 20mph speed restrictions, cycle lanes, parking bans widened pavements and narrowed roads.But in three villages around East Calder, residents said they were happy with what had been installed and wished to see the measures retained.Community councillors from Mid Calder, East Calder and Kirknewton were invited to give their views on proposals delivered by roads and transport manager, Gordon Brown.Mr Brown told a meeting of East Livingston and East Calder Local Area Committee today: "The SfP footway build-outs were installed to provide more space for people to pass each other on narrow footways and pinch points."These footway widenings were installed at Main Street in East Calder, Main Street in Mid Calder .

and Station Road in Kirknewton. These are constructed with temporary surfacing, temporary kerbing and removable reflective bollards."Mr Brown added: "The frontagers' directly affected by the footway build-outs and the advisory cycle lanes installed as part of the SfP programme were consulted, however this was a public consultation and not a statutory consultation."From the footway widening build-out frontage consultation, the locations at East Calder and Kirknewton were more positive in terms of retention of the measures.

Opinion on all other footway build-outs at Linlithgow, West Calder and Mid Calder were that they be removed."Councillor Carl John told the meeting: "I didn't realise the community councils had been involved in asking their

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